Godly Adoption

I had the opportunity to share the Word of God this week with my brothers and sisters here in India. I chose adoption as my first topic. One of the reasons I desired to preach on adoption is because adoption is something personal in my life. My mother was a young teenager when she became pregnant. It was the 1960’s, in the midst of racial divisions and tensions. As broken hearted as she was to do so, it was decided I would be put up for adoption when I was born. I was two years old before actually being adopted. Although being adopted gave me a chance to be part of a family; the family I was adopted into was not loving and I felt as though I was not valued as part of the family.

But praise be to God! I have assurance that my Godly adoption was immediate after repenting of my sins and placing my faith in the resurrected Christ. I am wrapped in God’s perfect, unfailing love and it will last forever! I also can approach my heavenly Father at anytime, crying Abba Father! And he hears me. I was loved by my Father in Heaven before the foundations of the world.

Many biblical text confirm this truth. Here are just a couple:

Ephesians 1:4-5 says “even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,”

Romans 8:14-16 says, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,”

Adoption makes us part of God’s family forever. I remember for years after being adopted, I did not seem to fit in with the rest of my family, whether by physical features or beliefs or attitudes. This adoption is nothing to be ashamed of (as I felt for many years) but should make us smile with utter adoration to the Father.

Just because we are forever secure in the family of God through adoption, this does not allow us to do what we want when ever we want. We are to act as He acts, holy and righteous. His word allows us to do this by his Spirit. See what Peter says in 1 Peter 1:13-16, “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

God reveals our adoption in a glorious way. We are predestined and chosen by God to be part of his family; we fit according to his perfect plan. Though we have no way to know who God has predestined into the family through adoption, there is a way we can help share in the privilege.

We do this by sharing the gospel. We are commanded to share the gospel with everyone in order that those whom are God’s chosen will hear the gospel call and believe. We are not to stop doing this until Jesus returns or calls us home. We should be excited that God uses us in the revealing of the sons and daughters of God’s family.

Some may think they are not equipped to share the Gospel. You may think it is just for the Pastor or Evangelist or layperson. But this is simply not the case. God has given you and I the ability right after we believe and place our faith in Jesus Christ.